Bringing Back Kebberfegg To Make Keyword RSS Feeds

Last week I published an article called Keep Your RSS Fresh With Keyword-Based Feeds. But it’s not the first time I’ve mentioned or written about RSS – I’ve been messing around with RSS feeds for over 20 years!

In fact, back around 2004 or 2005 I made a tool called Kebberfegg, which was an easy way to create keyword-based RSS feeds. It was written in Perl, however, which meant I had to goof around on the server every time I wanted to change it, and eventually I wasn’t able to keep up with it and it got lost in a server move.

But NOW it is 2022, and I don’t have to use Perl. I can use JavaScript and do everything on a Web page. So I did, and now you can use Kebberfegg at .

Screenshot from 2022-07-08 08-19-19

Using Kebberfegg is very simple. Enter the query you want to turn into an RSS feed. Then tick each box/resource for which you want an RSS feed. The feeds will appear underneath.

Screenshot from 2022-07-08 08-27-40

This tool is JavaScript and HTML and gets confused when you click and unclick. So when you’re ready to create a new set of RSS feeds, just reload the page to reset the checkboxes.

Currently Kebberfegg creates keyword-based RSS feeds for the following sources:

  • Bing
  • Bing News
  • Google News
  • Hacker News
  • Reddit
  • Internet Archive
  • U.S. Federal Register
  • EPA
  • Blawg Search

If you know of any other keyword-based RSS feeds I should put here (I’d love to add PubMed but I don’t think I can) please leave a comment or drop me an email.

Yes, RSS is old technology. But if you’re trying to keep up with a topic of interest, it’s critical! I literally could not do ResearchBuzz without RSS feeds. What would I do otherwise, rely on social media algorithms?


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